The steering group provides expert advice and guidance to the QPIDS programme, ensuring its good governance and oversight and taking responsibility for developing the programme and planning its future direction. The steering group meets twice a year and, as well as the office team and clinical lead includes stakeholders in immunology.

Debbie Johnston
Head assessor - Royal College of Physicians Accreditation Unit

Debbie has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare in nursing, managerial, quality improvement and quality assurance roles. She has a proven track record of delivering large complex programmes and projects at national and international level. Debbie has developed advanced skills in many areas, including: training and leadership skills development; quality improvement; assessor training and development; change management; programme and business management skills. 


Fran Ashworth
Immunology & allergy nurse specialist; nurse clinical advisor to IQAS and QPIDS





Professor Sophie Hambleton
Professor of Paediatrics & Immunology, Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sophie is professor of paediatrics and immunology at Newcastle University and a practising consultant paediatric immunologist at the Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. Sophie represents paediatric immunology on the QPIDS steering group, on behalf of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.  She is also co-lead of the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership for Immune and Non-malignant Haematological Disorders. Sophie's research and clinical activities are geared towards improving outcomes for children with primary immunodeficiency.


Dr Ravishankar Sargur
Consultant immunologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ravi is a clinical lead for the laboratory Immunology services and Protein Reference unit in Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Ravi is currently the chair of the JRCPTB Speciality Advisory committee (Immunology). He also represents Immunology on the UKAS Professional Advisory committee.  He has a keen interest in quality control and quality assurance. He developed the  Sheffield Laboratory Atlas of Variation with Sheffield CCG to help optimise laboratory test utilisation in primary care. 


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